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Author Topic: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)  (Read 41382 times)

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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #150 on: 16 Mar 2018, 00:42 »

Roko is still falling over...  :lol:

Roko does have a bread fetish...

Roko has pastel-pink fantasies, just how those of humans are often described....(Does that mean someone deliberately programmed AI brains to think like that?) 


But seriously - Clinton??...

She's still drunk enough for Clinton to seem attractive. (Note that her mental version of him is noticeably better looking than the real thing.)

Can some people oriented toward guys tell me whether Clinton is even attractive?

See above reply.  8-)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #151 on: 16 Mar 2018, 01:34 »

It's weird that Clinton started out as just the unsympathetic creeper who scared Hannelore, and now he's had FOUR love interests (five if you count Purple-Haired Waitress).

The change was noticed 'in comic'...

(and I missed the Mellon picture until mentioned here, thanks again, dear Forumites!)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #152 on: 16 Mar 2018, 01:37 »

Can some people oriented toward guys tell me whether Clinton is even attractive?
I wasn't aware that you had to be oriented towards guys to comment objectively on a guy's attractiveness or why you think someone might fall for him. I disagree with that notion.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #153 on: 16 Mar 2018, 02:17 »

Can some people oriented toward guys tell me whether Clinton is even attractive?
I wasn't aware that you had to be oriented towards guys to comment objectively on a guy's attractiveness or why you think someone might fall for him. I disagree with that notion.

Excellent post.

For what it's worth, I can see being attracted to Clinton. He'd certainly appeal to those who are into twinks, for example.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #154 on: 16 Mar 2018, 02:20 »

Can anyone read that tattoo on his belly? :psyduck:
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #155 on: 16 Mar 2018, 02:37 »

Can anyone read that tattoo on his belly? :psyduck:

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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #156 on: 16 Mar 2018, 02:40 »

Yes, for some reason, human abs are an unknown quantity so her imagination had to fill it in. Unfortunately it couldn't so, instead, she has an HTML 'missing image' graphic titled 'Human Abs'.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #157 on: 16 Mar 2018, 03:08 »

Can some people oriented toward guys tell me whether Clinton is even attractive?
I wasn't aware that you had to be oriented towards guys to comment objectively on a guy's attractiveness or why you think someone might fall for him. I disagree with that notion.

Excellent post.

For what it's worth, I can see being attracted to Clinton. He'd certainly appeal to those who are into twinks, for example.
Public service announcement (learn from my mistakes) - consulting google to find out the meaning of "twink" may lead to NSFW results, particularly in the image search.

Also for what it's worth, I think Clinton is attractive. I didn't think so in his earlier appearances but now that he has 1) stopped being a jerk, and 2) found a style that suits him (glasses, clothes, etc) - yep, I would say he's attractive. Guys like Elliot are maybe more my preferred type - the gentle giant thing, I love that - but Clinton is cute too. I have no problem believing that he's currently featuring in Roko's fantasies.

I think Clinton would appeal to people who like cute nerdy guys - and based on my experience there's a significant proportion of people who find that type attractive.

ETA:  Attractiveness is very subjective. A personal example:
I've never understood why Brad Pitt or Matt Damon were considered extremely attractive yet clearly other people thought differently to me because both of them were chosen for People magazine's "sexiest man alive" thing.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #158 on: 16 Mar 2018, 04:14 »

The other thing is that canonically, in-comic, he became attractive to women who are attracted to men: http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3236
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #159 on: 16 Mar 2018, 04:22 »

The other thing is that canonically, in-comic, he became attractive to women who are attracted to men: http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3236
And Jeph's comment along the bottom edge indicates that this particular comic was inspired by readers comments via Twitter or email.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #160 on: 16 Mar 2018, 04:40 »

New comic...

I'll note that Roko's mental version of Clinton doesn't seem to have a robot hand.

He still seems to be slightly shorter than Roko, judging from the door frame. Maybe she's not so good at fantasizing....

Actually if 3697 is to be trusted, Roko is one of the few characters that Clinton is actually taller than. It's not by much but he does apear taller.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #161 on: 16 Mar 2018, 05:33 »

ETA:  Attractiveness is very subjective.
My use of the word objectively was indeed wrong. What I meant to say was that you don't have to be attracted to a person's gender in order to comment on how attractive you think they look.

I relate to your celebrity comparison though. I never understood the appeal of say Angelina Jolie.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #162 on: 16 Mar 2018, 06:30 »

It is notable that Clinton looks weirdly hot when thinking about something other than himself. I suspect that he will always come off as awkward and off-key when self-conscious, and as attractive when concerned about someone else.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #163 on: 16 Mar 2018, 06:32 »

Would someone please hook Roku up with the little guy in the second panel here?

http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1999
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #164 on: 16 Mar 2018, 06:42 »

It's Roko, BTW.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #165 on: 16 Mar 2018, 07:02 »

 :-D :lol: :lol:

I'm sorta wondering HOW her bread fetish works.

Tho I'm not sure I wanna know...

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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #166 on: 16 Mar 2018, 07:41 »

It's Roko, BTW.

Whup, sorry.

Warm, freshly-baked bread is enough of a primal experience of comfort and sustenance that I could imagine it being eroticized, particularly by a creature with an acute sense of smell, but dry toast? I could even see eroticizing buttered toast. There is that passage from The Wind in the Willows.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #167 on: 16 Mar 2018, 10:02 »

Warm, freshly-baked bread is enough of a primal experience of comfort and sustenance that I could imagine it being eroticized, particularly by a creature with an acute sense of smell, but dry toast?

I'm reminded of a song from the late 80's called "Toast", which extoled the virtues of having a slice of toast . Lovely little ditty, that one   :lol: :-D
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #168 on: 16 Mar 2018, 11:23 »

It is dry, and they even throw it at the viewer. Clearly this video must have played some crucial part in Roko's psychosexual development.

Funny, too.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #169 on: 16 Mar 2018, 13:46 »

Maybe it's a texture thing.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #170 on: 16 Mar 2018, 14:44 »

Rokton anyone?
Clinko?
Basilton?
Clintilisk?

Take your pick xD
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #171 on: 16 Mar 2018, 15:04 »

Rokton anyone?- A large amount of hard candy bought at the seaside
Clinko?- A substance used to clean metal toilets
Basilton?- A town named in honour of a mid-70's British comedy classic. Grudgingly twinned with the Spanish town of Manuelvilla.
Clintilisk?- A monster from the Harry Potter universe which has adapted to modern life and works in accounting.

Take your pick xD

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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #172 on: 16 Mar 2018, 15:14 »

Clinko: a Pachinko-like game played in a prison, where the top prize is $50,000 worth of cigarettes.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #173 on: 16 Mar 2018, 15:33 »

Clintilisk?- A monster from the Harry Potter universe which has adapted to modern life and works in accounting.

I can totally imagine a long slithering thing that's kind of like a snake but not quite wandering through the lobby of the ministry of magic. "Good morning Weasley"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #174 on: 16 Mar 2018, 15:47 »

I have not read any of the previous posts in this thread. I just came here to say the following regarding Roko and Clinton: I SHIP IT.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #175 on: 16 Mar 2018, 18:58 »

Well, I don't find Clinton attractive, and wondered whether my orientation was interfering with my esthetic judgement.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #176 on: 16 Mar 2018, 18:59 »

Clinton is quite cute.

Roko is pretty cute too.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #177 on: 16 Mar 2018, 19:08 »

Well, I don't find Clinton attractive, and wondered whether my orientation was interfering with my esthetic judgement.

Nah. Personally, Clinton is not that attractive; to me, anyway. Others do disagree.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #178 on: 16 Mar 2018, 20:24 »

Clinton is reasonably handsome; certainly guys homelier than he aren't romantically handicapped by their looks if they're reasonably confident and have some empathy for their partners.  And he's a decent guy, although he's a tendency to be a "rescuer" which sometimes covers a tendency against relationships based on a presumption of equality.  I wouldn't expect him to be dateless for more than a few weeks longer than he continues to agonize and self-sabotage his own confidence about being dateless.  It's stopping that dynamic that's the tricky part.

Roko scores a big ol' question mark.  Physically she's reasonably pretty, but I see several personality traits I would consider fairly off-putting.  She's prickly and tends to want to pre-emptively make problems for other people instead of allowing them to notice she's making problems for herself.  And that covers a crippling lack of self-confidence coupled with a need to prove herself that I would frankly find scary enough to stay the hell away from.  I mean, I empathize with her, I feel for her, I hope the best for her, but I doubt that being her romantic partner is going to contribute to someone's happiness.

Shipping her with Clinton is not wishing the best for Clinton.  Or at least, it's not wishing Clinton an easy future where he simply steps into a happy relationship.  Happiness if Roko reaches it with anyone is going to be hard won and long in the making.  And perhaps wonderful in the long run for having been something achieved instead of something discovered, but it's just not going to be easy.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #179 on: 16 Mar 2018, 22:41 »

Does anybody else get the impression that Jeph has just given up on the no shipping rule? Cause the last few arcs have basically opened a floodgate of them.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #180 on: 17 Mar 2018, 02:20 »

Shipping her with Clinton is not wishing the best for Clinton.  Or at least, it's not wishing Clinton an easy future where he simply steps into a happy relationship.  Happiness if Roko reaches it with anyone is going to be hard won and long in the making.  And perhaps wonderful in the long run for having been something achieved instead of something discovered, but it's just not going to be easy.

Who'd settle for an easy future? Some people enjoy looking after others; some simply would not be happy stepping into a happy, low effort relationship.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #181 on: 17 Mar 2018, 02:59 »

When the rule limiting shipping was introduced, people were making inappropriate ships and being creepy.  We made it clear that discussing what Jeph sets up is (naturally) permitted.  But I still hugely dislike the use of shipping language and ridiculous portmanteaus to describe what is, for now no more than a passing acquaintance - which may or may not develop into friendship and subsequently a bit more. 

Global Moderator Comment Indeed, I was on the point of asking people to cut back on the shipping talk and jargon when I read your post.
 

So please - if you want to talk about the possibility of friendship developing between Clinton and Roko, do just that, in plain English.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #182 on: 17 Mar 2018, 03:18 »

Rokton anyone?
Clinko?
Basilton?
Clintilisk?

Take your pick xD

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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #183 on: 17 Mar 2018, 03:52 »

Clinton's mother is sexy, charming, and serene. Clinton and Claire are skinny, anxious, helpy, and, though reasonably good-looking, unfashionably so. It follows that their father was even more skinny, anxious, helpy, and unfashionable than they are. Clinton's father made two babies with a sexy, charming, serene woman. Clinton will be fine.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #184 on: 17 Mar 2018, 04:10 »

Clinton's mother is sexy, charming, and serene. Clinton and Claire are skinny, anxious, helpy, and, though reasonably good-looking, unfashionably so. It follows that their father was even more skinny, anxious, helpy, and unfashionable than they are. Clinton's father made two babies with a sexy, charming, serene woman. Clinton will be fine.

Clinton's father no longer has any contact with the family, and both children speak of him with disdain.

There's a debate to be had whether our personality is shaped more by nature or nurture, but I suspect Clinton would much rather it be the latter- that way he has the chance to not be as good a man as his father, but a better one.

Either way, the Clinton we see now is a whole lot more mature than his original appearance- not surprising as he's going through university where one grows up *a lot*. He still has flaws and always will, but he's showing progress. I'm happy to see what he'll grow into.

(He's not my orientation, but I've seen many people Like him be happily partnered up. I certainly wouldn't say he was undesirable.)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #185 on: 17 Mar 2018, 05:14 »

Clinton's mother is sexy, charming, and serene. Clinton and Claire are skinny, anxious, helpy, and, though reasonably good-looking, unfashionably so. It follows that their father was even more skinny, anxious, helpy, and unfashionable than they are. Clinton's father made two babies with a sexy, charming, serene woman. Clinton will be fine.

Clinton’s mom is at least a couple of decades older than her children, and so has had time to find herself. I imagine that she was quite a bit like Claire when she was younger.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #186 on: 17 Mar 2018, 09:48 »

Clinton's mother is sexy, charming, and serene. Clinton and Claire are skinny, anxious, helpy, and, though reasonably good-looking, unfashionably so. It follows that their father was even more skinny, anxious, helpy, and unfashionable than they are.

It does not follow at all.  Seriously.  Kids are frequently unlike their parents.  Sometimes profoundly so. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #187 on: 17 Mar 2018, 13:26 »

Clinton's mother is sexy, charming, and serene. Clinton and Claire are skinny, anxious, helpy, and, though reasonably good-looking, unfashionably so. It follows that their father was even more skinny, anxious, helpy, and unfashionable than they are.

It does not follow at all.  Seriously.  Kids are frequently unlike their parents.  Sometimes profoundly so.
More often than not they are, at least in some respects.  Genealogists always say, "Mother's baby.  Fathers?  Maybe."  That would explain a lot.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #188 on: 17 Mar 2018, 13:52 »

Who's your favorite robot/artificial intelligence?

Bubbles    - 26 (32.1%)
May    - 12 (14.8%)
Momo    - 12 (14.8%)
Spookybot    - 6 (7.4%)
Roko    - 5 (6.2%)
Gordon    - 3 (3.7%)
Jeremy    - 3 (3.7%)
Melon    - 3 (3.7%)
Station    - 3 (3.7%)
Pintsize    - 2 (2.5%)
Punchbot    - 2 (2.5%)
Winslow    - 2 (2.5%)
Punkbot    - 1 (1.2%)
Spaceship    - 1 (1.2%)
Arthur    - 0 (0%)
Corpse Witch    - 0 (0%)
Droid 06    - 0 (0%)
O'Malley    - 0 (0%)
PT410x    - 0 (0%)
Seven    - 0 (0%)


Not really surprised by the top three. Moderately surprised by Spookybot's good performance. And there's some love for a lot of the other AIs also.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #189 on: 17 Mar 2018, 19:50 »

Clinton's mother is sexy, charming, and serene. Clinton and Claire are skinny, anxious, helpy, and, though reasonably good-looking, unfashionably so. It follows that their father was even more skinny, anxious, helpy, and unfashionable than they are.

It does not follow at all.  Seriously.  Kids are frequently unlike their parents.  Sometimes profoundly so.

Offspring are invariably different from their parents in some respects, but very seldom in most respects. Providing all the genetic material, early socialization, and elementary education has substantial effect. Apparent large differences between parents and offspring are most often the effect of age. The appropriate times to make the comparison are after  offspring have reached the age their parents were when raising them,  and after offspring have their own children.

It is possible Ms. Augustus was like Claire and Clinton when young and that raising children made her less anxious and helpy, but I have not found this to be the usual course of events.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #190 on: 17 Mar 2018, 19:58 »

Why would a robot want or need to flop on a couch?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #191 on: 17 Mar 2018, 19:59 »

Why would a robot want or need to have bread thrown at her by a man with HUMAN ABS?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #192 on: 18 Mar 2018, 11:24 »

Why would a robot want or need to flop on a couch?

To express emotional fatigue and existential angst. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #193 on: 18 Mar 2018, 13:41 »

Why would a robot want or need to flop on a couch?

Emotions, man. They’re exhausting. Even if you’re  a machine and therefore incapable of physical exhaustion, you apparently can still experience emotional exhaustion.

Roko is desperately lonely and wants a little companionship. Her search for a suitable companion has so far gotten her a spectacularly unsuccessful date with Pintsize. She’s tried dulling the pain with alcohol-equivalent software, but it’s not working. And her friends at work aren’t helping. It’s wearing her down. Sometimes all you can do is flop.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #194 on: 18 Mar 2018, 17:52 »

Why would a robot want or need to flop on a couch?
AI see, AI do.

I was wondering why a robot needs an apartment that large.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #195 on: 18 Mar 2018, 20:29 »

Possibly the same reason why my single friend has opted to purchase a four bedroom, two story house plus a basement when a little bungalow would be cheaper and better suited for his needs. Sometimes you want enough space to stretch, have friends over, put things in.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #196 on: 19 Mar 2018, 12:07 »

:-D :lol: :lol:

I'm sorta wondering HOW her bread fetish works.

Tho I'm not sure I wanna know...

I am wondering how Jeph came up with the idea.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #197 on: 19 Mar 2018, 13:55 »

It was probably just “What’s the weirdest fetish I could come up with? I know, BREAD!”

And, you know what, I am not going to google “bread fetish”. I know it’s almost certainly a real thing and I don’t need to see pictures of it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #198 on: 19 Mar 2018, 15:07 »

It was probably just “What’s the weirdest fetish I could come up with? I know, BREAD!”

And, you know what, I am not going to google “bread fetish”. I know it’s almost certainly a real thing and I don’t need to see pictures of it.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3696 - 3700 (12-16 March 2018)
« Reply #199 on: 19 Mar 2018, 15:48 »

I guess there are weirder things than bread face.
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